WINDHOEK-- A total of 250 farms and farm portions covering more than 1.2 million hectares are owned by foreign nationals, according to the draft Namibia Land Statistics Booklet compiled by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA).

The booklet, which was under review at the one-day Namibia Land Statistics Symposium here Thursday, will form part of the discussion at the 2nd National Land Conference slated for October 2018.

According to the NSA, Namibia's land tenure currently consists of 23 per cent State land; 35 per cent communal land; and 42 per cent freehold agricultural commercial land compared with 20 per cent State land; 36 per cent communal land; and 44 per cent freehold land in 2010.

The NSA reveals that of the 1.2 million hectares of agricultural commercial land, German nationals owned 53 per cent, while South Africans owned 29.3 per cent. American, Austrian and Swiss nationals owned 6.8 per cent; 4.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent respectively of the farm land, while British and Italians owned 1.1 per cent each, and Canadians and the Dutch both own 0.3 per cent.

The report also said Chinese nationals owned 40 hectares of agricultural commercial land and Portuguese nationals owned 12 hectares.

The highest number of commercial farms owned by foreign nationals are in the Otjozondjupa Region (Province) with 65 farms; Erongo with 52 farms; and Kharas Region with 49 farms.

Foreign nationals own 25 farms in Khomas; 25 in Hardap; 20 in Kunene and 10 in Omaheke while the Oshikoto Region has the lowest number of foreign-owned farms totalling four.